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  • Muscle Music: check out Old Spice’s new interactive ad

    Old Spice doesn't do half-assed when it comes to its video adverts and the latest one is no exception. The latest ad takes a turn away from Isaiah Mustafa-fuelled rapid paced ads Old Spice fans have become accustomed to. The new ad stars former American football star Terry Crews, I'm afraid there's no other way of putting this, playing music with his muscles. You can also use an interactive player to record your own remix. So if using a muscular man to play a bunch of percussion instruments then go ahead. While the video went live a few days...

  • Election Insights: Facebook and CNN’s real-time display tool

    Facebook and international news outfit CNN have unveiled Facebook-CNN Election Insights, following their partnership earlier this month to bring a “uniquely social experience” to this year's US elections. A tool that displays the real-time number of people talking about the candidates for the election. Facebook-CNN Election Insights displays dynamic, real-time charts and visualisations using Facebook Insights to gauge the volume of Facebook activity surrounding the election and candidates. The news network will use the tool, which also allows people to view data by geography and demography, during their coverage of the presidential election. Through social integration platform Mass Relevance, Facebook...

  • Facebook group strips down for Prince Harry

    This is pretty interesting. We've all been inundated with tabloid and other news agent snippets about Prince Harry's now infamous Las Vegas commando picture. Now a group on Facebook has decided to take it all off in support of the young prince, reports the Mail Online. The group, Support Prince Harry with a naked salute, has more than 21 000 members including soldiers serving in Afghanistan who have shown their support with a naked salute. The Prince's supporters aren't only limiting their support to Facebook, they have also created a website dedicated to the "cause". According to the site,...

  • Gartner’s Nexus: the next age in computing?

    The future of computing is here and it's called Nexus. No, I'm not talking about Google's seven-inch tablet, although that's pretty amazing. It's actually the area where social media, cloud computing, information, mobile meet and according to tech research company Gartner it will form the "basis of the technology platform of the future". The company reckons that although these forces "are innovative and disruptive on their own, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders". Each specific part of the nexus feeds into the other. Take information for...

  • What is the cloud computing scenario for 2012?

    Cloud isn't a buzzword any more. In fact it's become so entrenched that it has its own myths. And they're already being exploded. Take the idea that emerging markets aren't suited to the cloud for instance. That's bullshit. Emerging market countries have been interested in cloud for years. And that's because everyone in the world is interested in the cloud. That's just one example that Gartner managing vice president Daryl Plummer says is shaking the foundations of business, technology and people. For all we now about the cloud however, it's definition is still incredibly flexible. Some things can...

  • Hoax: Samsung paid Apple its $1bn damages in nickels [Update]

    This is kind of funny. A story is sweeping through the web that Samsung has paid Apple all the money it was ordered to after the trial between the two companies. In nickels. The story goes something along the following lines: the South Korean tech giant paid the US$1.049-billion dollars in damages owed to its US counterpart five cent pieces, shipping through the cash in 30 armoured trucks. A sort of witty riposte to the ruling in the recent trial between the two if you will. Also read: The jury: why Apple was never going to lose against Samsung ...

  • Samsung goes all Rocky, vows to keep fighting

    Looks like Samsung's had "Eye of the Tiger" playing on repeat ever since the jury ruled against it in its landmark trial against Apple. In a statement made today, the South Korean tech giant said "We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the US market." Those are very definitely fighting words. For its part Apple says it reserves the right to look for permanent injunctions against 28 Samsung products the trial's 9-strong jury said infringed on Apple's patents. It has however offered "to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm...

  • Should FOMO be part of your online campaign strategy?

    Recently several publications have been talking about FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and predicting how it’s set to become a major player in future online campaign strategies. One article even talks about a “FOMO INDEX”, ranking brands according to the fear factor they command! Apart from the fact I’m a little shocked to see the word FOMO used in a business article so much, I also have some slightly different thoughts on the matter myself. I understand that people don’t want to miss out on anything now a days (FOMO), but what I think they often really mean is...

  • Twitter got you drained? 3 top tips for avoiding social burnout

    If you are into social media, you most likely follow a process of managing your strategy. You engage with your targeted audience, you follow the proper rules and etiquette on every social media channel, you monitor, you are authentic, and you blog. These are just some of the things you do in your daily routine. There are times though where you might think it's not worth it. Are you actually going to make that big difference with your campaign? If you are working on your social media marketing strategy on a continuous basis, it is very easy to experience social...

  • Could India really ban Twitter?

    The Indian government is turning its glare onto a number of social networking sites which it feels are responsible for widespread panic and mass evacuation in Northern India, as residents flee the strife-torn province of Assam. Sectarian violence, allegedly between Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh and the native Assamese, has led to scenes of tens of thousands of people fleeing the province in panic. The fear was fed by inflammatory mass text messages which spread rumours and innuendo about recriminations and violence. According to Time.Com, “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Assam in the Parliament’s upper house, condemned those...

  • Nedbank quietly launches Android app

    Nedbank has quietly made its first mobile app public, just over a month after announcing that it was making the entire app suite available to its staff. Nedbank is the third major bank to launch an app. First National Bank (FNB) launched its app in 2011. Standard Bank meanwhile launched its own play earlier this year. While banks both those banks launched their apps across all Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, Nedbank's app is currently only available on Android. The app includes: Banking -- A variety of banking functions can be performed using the Nedbank App Suite Share Trading -- Access to...

  • No more via stamp for Twitter web client

    If you use a third-party client like Tweetbot or Twitterfic then your tweets are about to start looking a little different. Well on the web at any rate. Twitter has removed all tags showing when a tweet has been sent from a third-party app. According to The Next Web, the feature had already been removed from the iPhone version of the social network. Interestingly the change was first noticed by John Sheehan on App.net. The removal feature is essentially a bid by Twitter to put its first-party apps front and centre. It's understandable too. Why should it provide...

  • To Klout or not to Klout, that is the question

    Following my Memeburn article titled "4 reasons why you should start taking a much closer look at Klout", I was taken aback by Memeburn columnist Graeme Lipschitz's rebuttal where he stated that, and I quote, "Klout's no good and here's why". If you look at the Oxford Dictionary definition of Influence, it states that it is the "Capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something”. The Oxford dictionary definition of behaviour is "The way in which an animal or person behaves in response to a particular situation or stimulus". Taking these definitions into consideration,...

  • Härnu is map-based social networking and it’s brilliant

    And now, for something special. Härnu is a refreshing approach to connecting people, a social network of sorts, but it’s quite unlike one you’ve used before. It’s hard to pin down what Härnu really is. A portmanteau of the Swedish "Här", meaning "Here", and "Nu", meaning "Now", it appears useful for a myriad of things, but there’s a strong focus on geographical context. If you’d like to learn a foreign language, discover new music from a specific part of the world, find out more about world events from a local perspective, or if you’re simply curious about how people on...

  • IBM doles out US$1.3bn for HR software company Kenexa

    Looks like Big Blue is going into Human Resources. This morning IBM announced that it was ready to pay US$1.3-billion for HR software company Kenexa. According to The Next Web, the computing giant's offer of US$46 a share represents 42.5% premium to the software company's Friday closing price. Kenexa has been around for 25 years and lays claim to some 8 900 customers in 21 countries around the globe. It also acquired Salary.com in 2010. IBM pitches the Kenexa acquisition as complimenting its "strategy of bringing relevant data and expertise into the hands of business leaders": Kenexa, a leading provider...